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Stories in art — if they’re appropriate, that is

I’ve been wondering for a bit now what more I’d like to do with this blog. Posting excerpts of my stories was an initial theme and will still remain, and book reviews were something new but not often enough to keep a regular flow of interesting content. I will also keep doing those, but I felt like there needed to be something more.

Something more personal, maybe?

I reopened my DeviantArt account, and I’ve been posting my art scattered across a few days so far. The writing project that came about because of that wasn’t intended at first, but it has become something I’ve been eager to share. A lot of the subjects in my drawings do appear in my books — major parts in them, including being main character(s) — and it’s another way to get my stories out there and hopefully entertain in a different way. It’s also a way for me to be transparent, so to speak, and give them the life they truly have.

The blog posts will be one picture each with the story/explanations beneath them, and they’ll be linked to their original DeviantArt post. A few will have mild mature themes, but no explicit nudity or anything that couldn’t be viewed by an older teenager. As per DeviantArt’s rules, I’ll just have censored my art where it needs to be.

Which brings me to another topic: Censoring art. What is the purpose of art, then?

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Rather than get into it fully myself, because goodness knows I could write a novella about my feelings about it, what do you think about censoring art as it is now on the internet in 2019? With the fall of Tumblr alienating sex-positive communities and queer people, as well as Facebook banning simple combinations of words in posts or anywhere — creative intent or not — the world has taken strides to send time backward.

I’m not implying we should be posting erotica and nudity and sex in all open areas — free play — but I believe we should be allowed to post our art (drawings, artistic videos, photography, writing, etc.) uncensored online in our personal spaces (sans Facebook, since that really isn’t a platform that’s good for sharing art unless you want it stolen), but with the ability to mark it with a rating to hide from younger eyes. And while sites like DeviantArt do have a mature filter, why are we still instructed to censor our art? Women’s nipples, all genitalia, especially, are an important part of art and viewing ourselves and our horribly conservative way of seeing something we look at every single day. What are we hiding it from? Or are the powers that be just frightened of a bit of base human need that we all feel because… well… we’re animals. But I won’t get into that.

So what do you think? Should art be censored, thereby killing its means of expression and message in this new ‘family-friendly’ trend online that is killing adult creators, or should artists be allowed to just be artists, all the while putting up reasonable barriers, like warning covers that can be clicked away to deter minors, when it comes to mature art?